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NICOLE BOURNAS-NEY, Arts & Culture Editor Emerita

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After 12 Seasons of Love, “Rent” Closes on Broadway

June 22, 2011

Published: October 02, 2008 This September, after 12 years at Broadway’s Nederlander Theater, Jonathan Larson’s musical landmark “Rent” took its final bow. This show, which is based on “La...

Stars Celebrate Poetry Month at “Poetry & the Creative Mind”

June 22, 2011

Published: April 9, 2009 On the occasion of their 25th anniversary, the Academy of American Poets presented a starry tribute to the art of poetry. The brand new Alice Tully Hall was home to the Seventh...

A “Blithe Spirit” for Troubled Times

June 19, 2011

Published: March 12, 2009 If you open the Arts section of any New York paper these days, you will find that the non-musical fare consists mostly of tragicomic Chekhov, Shakespeare’s murderous monarchs...

Cut Artists a Piece of the Stimulus Package Pie

June 13, 2011

Published: February 26, 2009 During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created, under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Theatre, Art, Music and Writers Projects,...

Analyzing the Academy Award Nominees: Editors’ Picks

June 9, 2011

Published: February 12, 2009 MARIKA ROBAK, Arts & Culture Co-Editor Most Deserving-Yet-Unnoticed: 1. Martin McDonagh for Best Original Screenplay, “In Bruges” As a fan of McDonagh’s...

John Weidman: Broadway to Sesame Street and Beyond

June 6, 2011

Published: December 29, 2009 It takes an extraordinary talent to be able to put words into the mouths of both Big Bird and John Wilkes Booth. But in his long career, John Weidman has done just that....

Radcliffe in Equus Revival

June 5, 2011

Published: October 30, 2008 When Daniel Radcliffe first enters onto the stage and begins singing bizarre ad jingles to a confused, wary Richard Griffiths, it becomes very clear that we are not at Hogwarts...

Philosophy Major Increasingly Popular at FCLC

June 4, 2011

Published: October 2, 2008 What do Harrison Ford, Steve Martin and Alex Trebek have in common? All of them were philosophy majors. Many undergraduates around the country are following this same...

Past, Present and Futuristic

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 The Martians have invaded Fordham College at Lincoln Center! Or, at least, FCLC has been invaded by theatre students and graduates going back to the class of ’98...

Celebrities, Revivals and What to Live For:

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008  The upcoming theatre season in New York will include a 50th anniversary revival of “West Side Story,” the opening of a new musical by Stephen Sondheim, and the Broadway...

A New “Sunday in the Park With George”…All Shimmer and Light

June 1, 2011

Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Season after season, landmark musicals are revived on Broadway, and nearly every time they are slammed for seeming like clones of the originals. These shows (think “A...

Rob Parry Plays Devil’s Advocate

June 1, 2011

Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Rob Parry, a 21-year-old Fordham senior, came to New York as an acting student, but soon decided that the written word was his true calling.  Now, Parry is currently...

Death of a Cowboy: Students Reflect on Ledger’s Life and Death

June 1, 2011

Published: January 31, 2008 On Jan. 22, after what appeared to be an accidental overdose of sleeping pills, Heath Ledger was found dead in his rented SoHo apartment. He had most recently been in Todd...

Dumbledore’s Out! Students Sound Off

May 29, 2011

Published: November 8, 2007 “I thought he was just in love with learning and winning and I was sort of bummed out because I wondered if there was a special thing going on between him and Prof. McGonagall.” -Ivana...

On Keith Haring, Coney Island, and Queer Culture

May 29, 2011

Published: November 8, 2007 In October, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) professor of Spanish and comparative literature Arnaldo Cruz-Malave published his third book, “Queer Latino Testimonio,...

Jets and Sharks Rumble on the Plaza

May 29, 2011

Published: October 25, 2007 More than 50 years ago, on the Upper West Side, in the neighborhood that would later be home to Fordham College at Lincoln Center, gangs of Puerto Ricans and...

FCLC Studio Shows: Anything But Black and White

May 27, 2011

Published: October 11, 2007 Four times a year, the stage in Pope Auditorium becomes a showcase for Fordham’s acting talent.  The cozier and far more intimate Black and White Box Theaters, however,...

Summer Roundup: What You (Might Have) Missed

May 26, 2011

Published: August 30, 2007 Sounds The Hold Steady at Prospect Park For this free show, part of the “Celebrate Brooklyn” concert series, donations were not necessary but suggested, as was the...

Imagining Whole Worlds

May 26, 2011

Published: August 30, 2007 If you had been at this year’s Obie Awards, at which the best work in off-Broadway theater is honored, you would have seen the Best Director Award go to Fordham’s new...